Lifelong Learning Lecture Series
This free lecture series is a partnership between Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored by a grant from The Joseph L. and Ray L. Freund Foundation, courtesy of Elizabeth F. Fideler.
No registration required! Stop by in person or go to youtube.com/FraminghamPublicLibrary to watch virtually! (Please note the video will appear about 10 minutes before the start of the event, but will not appear before then.)
Recordings of these events are not always available, based on copyright constraints and other factors. So as not to miss these great topics, please join us live either via YouTube or in person! Whether or not a program will be recorded will not be announced before the event. If a recording is available, it will be posted to youtube.com/@FraminghamPublicLibrary/streams no later than one week after the event takes place.
Thursday February 9, 7pm
Dr. Audrey Kali, Professor of Communication, Media and Performance, FSU
Dr. Audrey Kali talks about the making of her documentary film, Farm and Red Moon. The film follows Dr. Kali as she visits farms and slaughterhouses and meets with experts to reveal the ambiguous moral underbelly of humane animal slaughter.
What starts out as a concern for animals becomes a story about people. What she once saw as senseless acts of violence, she understands as a complicated agricultural system, pursued by decent people fully cognizant of the contradictions and complexity of their actions.
Thursday February 16, 7pm
Dr. David Smailes, Associate Professor of Political Science at FSU
American society has faced many moments of political and social division, and our present politics seems especially divided—so much so that some even use the phrase “a second civil war” to characterize the depth of our disagreements.
Join us as we examine how one American political thinker, Abraham Lincoln, wrestled with the political divisions of his time, and what we can learn from his experience about resolving these divisions in our time.
Thursday February 23, 7pm
Dr. Vinay Mannam, Associate Professor of Food Science, Department of Chemistry and Food Science, FSU
Our food systems have many immediate challenges, including sustainable production, food insecurity, food wastage, and healthy diets. The food industry is often a key part of these systems.
Finding a reasonable solution to these challenges may hinge on or be hindered by food manufacturers. This lecture examines the role of the food industry in addressing these challenges—whether it makes a case for or against the food industry is to be determined.
Thursday March 9, 7pm
Katie McCarthy, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, Boston Children’s Hospital, and adjunct faculty, FSU and Simmons University
Join us to learn about the unique aspects of Deaf culture, to gain a broader understanding of the different cultural and linguistic abilities within the Deaf community, and to understand how to communicate with Deaf people.
Thursday March 23, 7pm
Dr. Chu N. Ly, Assistant Professor of Education and Child and Family Studies, FSU
How are children using technology at home and at school? This talk focuses on the ways children use technology and how that can meaningfully impact their learning in and out of school.
Let’s discuss the ways caregivers and educators can leverage what children bring into the classroom for a more just and equitable learning environment.
Thursday March 30, 7pm
Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, FSU
Van Gogh’s favorite English writer was Charles Dickens. To no other author does he refer as often in his letters. During his life, Van Gogh read nearly all of Dickens’s books, most of them several times.
Toward the end of his life, in 1889, he told his brother: “I have a few volumes of Dickens, including Edwin Drood…Good God. What an artist! There’s no one like him.” Discussing Little Dorrit, he said its preface explained his own artistic problems, for Dickens expresses “what goes on in the mind of a painter while working on a composition.”
This illustrated lecture shows the many ways in which the writer was an important source of inspiration for Van Gogh.
Thursday May 4, 7pm
Dr. Sabine Von Mering, Director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University
What could Framingham and the Metrowest area look like if we decided to finally take the climate emergency as seriously as science tells us we must? If we chose to live within planetary boundaries?
How do we transform everything—our neighborhoods, our economy, our food and transportation systems, and so on in a way that is just and equitable?